Pakistan vs Australia 1st Test Match Predictions
Date: October 07 – October 11, 2018
Time: 5:00 pm
Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai
- Pakistan – 2.00
- Australia – 2.75
- Draw – 4.50
- Australia has lost the last two test matches they have played against Pakistan in Asia.
- Pakistan has odds of 1.67 to take lead in the first innings while Australians have odds of 2.1 for the same market.
- Yasir Shah is the top contender for the Man of the Match Award with odds of 8.00 followed by Shadab Khan with odds of 9.00
Our Prediction: Pakistan is favourites to win the 1st Test Match
After a short hiatus of two months the Australian cricket team would start its long season taking on Pakistan in the 1st Test Match of their tour to UAE. Led by Tim Pane this would incidentally be Australia’s first Test series after the infamous ball tampering scandal that rocked the cricketing world in March this year leading to the removal of then skipper Steven Smith and his deputy David Warner. Pane and his men would have to play as much to end their woes in Asia as they need to for the pride and love of their fans. For the hosts who come in this series after a humiliating campaign in the Asia Cup this is a great chance to get back to winning habits. With both sides having lot to play for it promises to be a thrilling contest in the hot and humid conditions of Dubai.
Pakistani skipper Sarfraz Ahmed would hope his side can put behind the upset in Asia Cup behind and take advantage from the fact that they have spent good two weeks in Dubai during the ODI tournament. He would know that the Australians don’t enjoy the best of records playing in Asia and this is surely one of the weakest sides to be touring this part of the world in recent memory. He would however be wary of the fact that Pakistan team tends to wear the unpredictability hat with pride and most of his batsmen have been throwing their wickets away in the recent games. With playing conditions in his team’s favour and Australia’s recent controversies he would hope his side to go for the kill in the 1st Test Match.
Batting wise Pakistan has a good opening pair in Azhar Ali and Imam-ul-Haq. With Fakhar Zaman in the squad it would be interesting to see if he gets his debut. Haris Sohail, Babar Azam and Sarfraz Ahmed make a strong middle order. With Mohammad Hafeez back in the squad after two long years he should make it to the side as his inclusion also strengthens the bowling attack. In the bowling department Mohammad Abbas would lead the pace attack alongside Hasan Ali. Yasir Shah and Shadab Khan would handle the spin attack for Pakistan and it is their bowling that the captain would depend on to fox the Australians who are likely to have trouble facing two spinners who complement each other in these conditions.
Tim Paine would be aware of the fact that his side has to deal with triple whammy – the absence of Smith and Warner which dents heavy blow to their batting, secondly they have had problems facing spinners in Asia and third of course is the harsh weather in Dubai as witnessed during the recently concluded Asia Cup. But the skipper would be proud with the way his side played in the practice game against Pakistan A where they put up a mammoth score with the bat and bundled out Pakistan A in the first innings easily. It would be a test of character for the Aussie squad as they would like to put the horrors of the last test series behind and try to win this Test Match and take a lead in the 2-Test series.
The batting for the team has fared well in the practice match with openers Usman Khawaja and Aaron Finch scoring runs. Shaun Marsh looked settled at No. 3 and so did Travis Head in the middle order. But the standout performance came from Mitchell Marsh which makes quite a formidable batting line-up for the side. As far as the side’s bowling is concerned the skipper would be happy to see Nathan Lyon doing what is expected from him in the series. With Mitchell Starc and Michael Neser opening the bowling the side has a good attack while Jon Holland would be expected to share the burden of the bowling in these spin-friendly conditions with the experience Lyon.
There is no team that plays as competitively as the Australians do but given that they are missing out on their biggest starts and Pakistan’s familiarity with these conditions the hosts definitely find themselves nose ahead against the Aussies going into the 1st Test Match.